“Some Beach,” Blake Shelton Stay at No. 1

Little Movement on the Country Charts as Labels, Radio Prepare for New Year

Blake Shelton’s chart celebration has been extended through New Year’s Day as he tops Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for a second consecutive week. “Some Beach” remains at No. 1 in the chart compiled for the music trade publication’s Jan. 1 issue.

Elsewhere on the country singles list, Tim McGraw’s “Back When” holds at No. 2 for a second week. Climbing one notch each to third, fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life,” Gary Allan’s “Nothing On but the Radio” and Dierks Bentley’s “How Am I Doin’.” Kenny Chesney’s “The Woman With You” slips three slots to No. 6, and Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” climbs two levels to No. 7. Rising three rungs each are Gretchen Wilson’s “When I Think About Cheatin'” (to No. 8) and Keith Urban’s “You’re My Better Half” (to No. 9). Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” congregates at No. 10 for a second week.

Chesney logs the highest-debuting single of the week with “Anything but Mine” landing at No. 52. Jo Dee Messina returns to debut at No. 53 with “My Give a Damn’s Busted.” Zona Jones’ “Two Hearts” enters the chart at No. 56. And two remakes of holiday classics generated enough airplay to debut on the chart — LeAnn Rimes’ “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (at No. 58) and Joe Nichols’ “The Christmas Song” (at No. 60).

With major country record labels taking a December hiatus from releasing new albums, the upper level of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart remains virtually unchanged. Twain’s Greatest Hits remains at No. 1, with Toby Keith’s Greatest Hits 2 at No. 2. After trading places last week, McGraw and George Strait do it again, with McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying returning to No. 4 and Strait’s 50 Number Ones returning to No. 4. Sixth through 10th place stay the same for another week: Wilson’s Here for the Party followed by Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today, Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color, Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Lonely Runs Both Ways, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down and Urban’s Be Here.

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.